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$40K Pick-4 guarantee Thursday at Northfield

on 01/02/2014 12:00 AM
Northfield Park is announcing the addition of a $40,000 Pick-4 total pool guarantee to Thursday night''s program.   Beginning in Race 8, the $40,000 Pick-4 guaranteed total pool includes a carryover of $8,906.61.   Northfield's Pick 5, Pick 4 and the Pick 3s offer a reduced takeout rate of just 14 percent.   Thursday's post time is 6 p.m. (Northfield Park)...
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Meadowlands, Monticello cancel Thursday cards

on 01/02/2014 12:00 AM
Thursday night's race card has been canceled at the Meadowlands due to a major snowstorm, with the entire race card moved to Thursday, Jan. 9. Due to the approaching storm, which will include high winds and frigid temperatures, Monticello Raceway has also canceled its Thursday afternoon live racing program.   The Meadowlands announced that "in an effort to accommodate thos...
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Judy Davis Wilson named USHWAn of Year

on 01/02/2014 12:00 AM
Judy Davis Wilson, who not only hails from a family who has been involved in harness racing for generations, but has devoted most of her career to helping promote the Standardbred industry, has been named the 2013 U.S. Harness Writers Association (USHWA) Member of the Year.   Wilson, born in Elkton, Md., and raised in Delaware, is part of the renowned "Davis” family, who ...
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Top French driver Bazire hospitalized

on 01/02/2014 12:00 AM
Jean-Michel Bazire,one of the top drivers in France and the man in the sulky when Moni Maker captured the 1999 Prix d'Amerique, began the 2014 racing season by winning the first race at the Vincennes track in Paris on New Year's Day, but later that day had to be taken to the hospital.   Bazire, 42, fainted as he was preparing to drive in the last race of the day. Since he suffered a strok...
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Meadowlands shows handle gains

on 01/02/2014 12:00 AM
On Saturday, the Meadowlands wrapped up its 2013 racing calendar with another $3 million night. Something that was achieved only four times in 2012, including Meadowlands Pace and Hambletonian Day, the $3 million night has become almost expected on Saturday nights and is an example of the success The Big M had in 2013.   Total handle wagered on the Meadowlands racing product increas...
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Yonkers Friday draw moved back to Saturday

on 01/02/2014 12:00 AM
Even before Yonkers Raceway begins its 2014 season, Mother Nature has stuck her two cents in.   Due to the impending snowstorm descending upon the greater New York area, the draw for Thursday, Jan. 9, which was to take place Friday, Jan. 3, has been moved back to Saturday, Jan. 4, with the box closing at 9 a.m.   Changes for Thursday's double draw (Monday/T...
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Dan Patch Awards dinner tickets available

on 01/02/2014 12:00 AM
The much anticipated winner of the E. Roland Harriman Harness Horse of the Year trophy will be announced live on Sunday, Feb. 23, at Dover Downs. Tickets for this gala event, the Dan Patch Awards Banquet Night of Champions, are now available.   In addition to equine divisional honors, a host of the industry's biggest and brightest will be feted at the annual awards ceremon...
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Winbak welcomes first foal of 2014

on 01/02/2014 12:00 AM
Winbak Farm welcomed its first foal of 2014, early on Thursday morning. The foal, a bay filly, is the first of 300 plus foals to be born at the Maryland location this foaling season. The filly is the first foal from an unraced Christian Cullen mare named Lilli Maid, and sired by Delaware stallion Roddy’s Bags Again. Lilli Maid is a half-sister to Western Expression p,1:51.2f ($172,152) and...
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Record handle in 2013 at Monticello

on 01/02/2014 12:00 AM
Monticello Raceway enjoyed its greatest combined handle statistics in the 56 years of the track's existence in 2013. Granted, the wagering numbers prior to the advent of off- track betting were considerable, but as technology made it easier for fans to bet at facilities other than racetracks the on- track betting numbers declined, and declined substantially.   During the 2013 campaign a c...
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Noted horse trainer Sam Brannon dies

on 01/02/2014 12:00 AM
Samuel M. Brannon, 78, whose skill in converting Standardbred race horses into high level roadster show horses spanned decades and hundreds of championships, died at his home in Georgetown, Ky., on Dec. 31, 2013. Mr. Brannon was the husband of Marie Kirk Brannon and had been ill for many months. He was born March 7, 1935 in Norfolk, Va. He was a member of the United States Trotting Associat...
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KY champ Bandolito wins in 1:52.3 at Dover

on 01/02/2014 12:00 AM
Amid a light snowfall, Texican N won the $30,000 Preferred/Handicap, Mustang Art the $27,500 Delaware Special, and Bandolino the $18,000 Open, the three top paces on Thursday, Jan. 2, at Dover Downs. Corey Callahan and Ron Pierce drove three winners each.   Harry von Knoblauch's Texican N put on a gritty front-pacing performance, with Ross Wolfenden, to set a personal speed record on 1:50...
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True Day Dream takes Meadows feature

on 01/02/2014 12:00 AM
True Day Dream moved powerfully first-over for Tony Hall to capture Thursday's opening-day feature — a $15,000 Filly & Mare Winners Over $10,000 Life Trot—at The Meadows.   The first program of the year brought a mix of wintry elements, including icy winds, plunging temperatures, and snow that left the track in "good” condition. True Day Dream shrugged off the nasty weathe...
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80 year olds win with Buenos Aires Lady

on 01/02/2014 12:00 AM
On a frigid winter's day, 80-year-old harness driver James R. Porter drove the winner of the third race at Freehold Raceway on Thursday, January 2, 2014 with a horse owned by 80-year-old Eugene Landy.   It was the first career win for five-year-old Buenos Aires Lady, who paid $17 to win. The trotting mare covered the mile in 2:03.3 with Porter at the lines, prevailing by a head in a...
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With 400 horses on grounds, Buffalo opens Jan. 8

on 01/02/2014 12:00 AM
It may be early January in Western New York, but things will be heating up at Buffalo Raceway on Wednesday, Jan. 8, as the 99-day 2014 harness racing season opens up at the half-mile oval, located at the Erie County Fairgrounds in Hamburg.   Buffalo Raceway has reaped the benefits of early-season racing in recent years and Chief Operating Officer Jim Mango said the track needs to ta...
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Muscle Hill's book full and closed for 2014

on 01/01/2014 12:00 AM
Southwind Farms, Manager of the Muscle Hill Syndicate, has announced that the book for the 2014 season is now full and closed. The World Champion will stand the 2014season at Marion Farms, New Hope, Pa., after serving four years at Southwind in New Jersey.   His first crop raced successfully in 2013, with 50 starters, 32 winners, a leading 26 in 2:00 (tied with Donato Hanover), and ...
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Mary Birkhold FL Caretaker of the Month

on 01/01/2014 12:00 AM
On Dec. 30 the Florida Chapter of the United States Harness Writers Association (USHWA) presented its November Caretaker of the Month award to Mary Birkhold for her work as caretaker, trainer and co-owner (with George Birkhold and Ohioan David Reiselt) of the improving trotter Rose Run Nolan.   Birkhold and her brother George selected "Nolan” as a yearling from an Ohio public...
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Services for Mary Beth Koch, sister of Peter Koch

on 12/31/2013 12:00 AM
Mary Beth Koch, 62, of Tinton Falls, NJ, sister of Meadowlands Director of Racing Peter Koch, died suddenly on Friday, Dec. 27.   Ms. Koch was a 1969 graduate from Red Bank Catholic High School and a 1973 graduate of Trinity College in Washington, DC, where she also worked as an usher at the JFK Center. She was community minded, working as an Emergency Room volunteer at Mo...
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Historic Track moves offices, needs donations

on 12/31/2013 12:00 AM
For decades the track office at Goshen Historic Track has been underneath the longstanding grandstand and recently work has been completed to move the main office to the Arden Clubhouse, which has been totally restored.   "The new move has been absolutely wonderful and greatly appreciated,” noted Linda Myers, the longtime secretary to the Board. "It's such an improvement and so ni...
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Dondarski honored with President's Award

on 12/31/2013 12:00 AM
Mary Lou Dondarski, whose unselfish work and donations over many years by supporting most every special event concerning Standardbreds in North America, ranging from rescue groups, charity auctions, museum events, fundraisers and more, has been selected by the United States Harness Writers Association (USHWA) president, Steven Wolf, as the recipient of the 2013 President's Award.   ...
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Wrenn, Loney capture Northfield titles

on 12/31/2013 12:00 AM
Ronnie Wrenn Jr. topped the Northfield Park 2013 leading drivers, winning 388 races over the Flying Turns. His nearest competitor, Aaron Merriman, drove 234 winners. Keith Kash Jr. (213), Jason Thompson (196) and Chris Page (193) completed the top five reinsmen.   Wrenn, 27, resides in Northfield, Ohio, and now has two driving titles under his belt. He was the leading driver ea...
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